Komalam Shally

SPORTS Minister Khairy Jamaluddin believes the chances of the national women's 4x100m relay doing well at the Kuala Lumpur Sea Games will not be affected by the absence of S. Komalam Shally who has been dropped due to disciplinary problems.

Khairy said the axing of Komalam was done through the correct channels and to legitimate reasons as stated by the Malaysian Athletics Federation (MAF), National Sports Council (NSC) and Olympic Council of Malaysia (OCM).

"This decision was made by the athletics team management itself who then informed NSC and OCM,” said Khairy.

"As minister, the first question I asked to the management was whether this would affect our chances in the 4x100m and the answer I received made sense.

"We have suitable replacements for Komalam so our chances are not affected."

Komalam was dropped as she was deemed to have disrupted the harmony within the squad. She, together with Zaidatul Husniah Zulkifli, Siti Fatimah Mohamad and Shereen Samson Vallabouy, had broken the national record in the event at the Thailand Open in June.

helmi.talkah@bh.com.my

Translated from Berita Harian

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